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Marijuana should be legalized in the United States of America. Marijuana is much less harmful then alcohol and tobacco, and even posses’ beneficial medical and industrial qualities. The DEA and others who are against legalizing marijuana make the claim that marijuana is “far more deadly then alcohol.” This couldn’t be any farther from the truth. In 2001, there were 20,687 alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accident and homicides. There number of marijuana-induced deaths was 0. (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/alcohol.htm) It is impossible to overdose on marijuana. Scientists have determined that the ratio of the amount of cannabinoids, compounds found in marijuana, necessary to get a person stoned relative to the amount necessary to kill them is 1 to 40,000. You would have to smoke 15,000 joints in 15 minutes to overdose. (Marijuana Reconsidered, p. 227. By Dr. Lester Grinspoon M.D.) The claim that marijuana can kill you by directly causing lung cancer is also false. The Washington Post reports: The largest study of its kind has concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer. Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years, hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use. "What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2011 for the course PHIL 160 taught by Professor Coakley during the Spring '11 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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